• Thedore Solomons Trail

    Thedore Solomons Trail

  • 2017 WC Sierra Update

    2017 WC Sierra Update

  • 2017 Piedra Blanca Trail Update.

    2017 Piedra Blanca Trail Update.

  • 2016 Bear Trap Trip Report

    2016 Bear Trap Trip Report

  • Badger Flat to Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Boundary

    Badger Flat to Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Boundary

  • Rattlesnake Crossing Scouting

    Rattlesnake Crossing Scouting

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Fishing – One of the attractions

This fishing in the Dinkey lakes in awesome. I think fly fishing is the best, but lots of folks catch fish on just about anything including lures. Just make sure your legal and have a fishing license along with a Wilderness Permit. Don’t let the name fool you. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is more than 30,000 acres of mountain meadows, pines, rocky peaks and gin-clear lakes and creeks in the Sierra Nevada Forest. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, at 6,000 feet, stretches across the western slope of the beautiful Sierra and is among the first couple stops on the forest’s main artery, Highway 168.

Fishing is off the hook but the fish seem to be getting smarter. Some folks were only able to catch 5-10 per spot before they would stop biting. Size was from 4″ to 10″ Rainbows. Almost all the fish were in the 7-9″ size range. Most would go airborne instantly on hookup and that was fun. Fish with all barbless hooks for easy catch and release. The fish I have heard to bite everything thrown. One gentlemen was using 1/8 – 1/4 oz Roostertails in Black, Pink, Orange and White as well as 1/4 oz Kastmasters in Gold and Silver and some large 1oz Krocodiles. The only think they did not seem to hit as much was the large Kroc in Silver/Blue combo. They were all over the Kroc with Silver w/red stripe, however.


  • Camp at least 200′ away from the lake and 50′ away from streams and 50 feet from the trail.
  • Camp in only designated Campsites
  • Contact the Local Ranger District and inquire about Fire Restrictions
  • You must have a California Campfire Permit to have a campfire, charcoal barbeuce, or use a gas stove or gas lantern.  The permit is your agreement to follow the campfire restrictions and regulations in effect.
  • Learn about outdoor ethics
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The Golden Anniversary

This month marks the 49th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Wilderness Act into law, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System. The golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act is on September 3, 2014. We have kicked off a yearlong fundraising event with the goal to raise $100,000 to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of this.

And it’s not just us, of course. Various groups, government agencies, and businesses have convened an umbrella entity, Wild 50, which is planning to undertake a host of activities, about which you can find out more by visiting Wilderness50th.org.

We have a lot of accomplishments from the past 50 years to celebrate, but this isn’t just about looking back. It’s about looking forward to what needs to be done. Wilderness is distinctly American. Wilderness protects the water we drink and the air we breathe. Wilderness improves the quality of our lives, provides economic opportunity, and provides places to hike, hunt, camp, canoe, watch wildlife, and soothe our soul in this fast-paced society. We need to pass those amenities on to the next generation. We have to leave this county better off than when it was given to us. That is the promise of wilderness for the next 50 years.

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Quick Links

California Fire/Stove Permit Caltopo.com for trip planning inciweb to check if there are wildfires in your destination area

Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Permits are required to overnight in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, Kaiser Wilderness, John Muir Wilderness and Ansel Adams. Please get a permit. Bear cans are required in the Sierra National Forest.